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McLuskey, McDonald & Hughes, P.A. attorney Lisa Riddle just completed attendance this week at her second five-day Autonomous Vehicle Symposium. This year's conference was in Orlando, where leading professionals and academics gathered from around the world to discuss all things “AV”. Florida is one of the frontrunners in the industry. Look for Ms. Riddle’s wrap-up in the coming weeks. Shown in the photos is Ms. Riddle exiting an autonomous test vehicle that allowed passengers to drive the vehicle remotely as "teleoperators" (a position that allows remotely-located drivers to operate driverless cars), a driverless shuttle transporting conference participants and an internal vehicle Lidar display.

McLuskey, McDonald & Hughes, P.A. was a proud sponsor of Legal Services of Greater Miami's Tenth Annual "Heart of Giving" Celebration and Reception 2019, which honored Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Gilbert King who wrote best sellers Devil in the Grove, Groveland Boys and Dawn of a New America. Jack McLuskey of the firm is a Past President of Legal Services’ Board of Directors and presently serves on its fundraising committee. The law firm proudly congratulates Legal Services for a well-planned event that serves its overall mission of assisting those less fortunate. Partners Jack McLuskey and John Hughes shown in the photo were in attendance at this year’s successful event.

SPA DAY FOR JUSTICE: After Justice received a much-needed bath, artist Dan Bondroff spent many days reapplying paint and a few clear coats to protect him from the Florida sun and rain. Shown in the photos are Justice’s Spa Day at Dan Bondroff’s studio danbondroff.com. Justice finally returned home to his normal spot proudly overlooking the neighborhood and greeting all of the passerbys, especially the little boys and girls who love to stop by to visit with him.

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3 months 3 weeks ago

Administrative Professional's Day was celebrated with a beautiful tropical themed luncheon and as always, lots of laughs and fun at McLuskey, McDonald & Hughes

SPA DAY FOR JUSTICE: Just to alert our friends and neighbors, our dog Justice has faithfully greeted visitors and passersby for many years since the time of Pinecrest’s “Smart Dogs for Smart Schools” initiative. Well, the Florida sunshine has taken its toll on Justice so he will be leaving for a little while for a well-deserved Spa Day. But don’t worry, he will return refreshed and better than ever. Justice is leaving for a few weeks to visit with his designer, artist Dan Bandroff, for a makeover. To view more of Dan’s artwork and to receive updates on Justice’s progress please visit www.danbandroff.com.

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5 months 6 days ago

As Dr. Martin Luther King said, “out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.” There is no doubt we live in very trying times. Violence really does abound and mass shootings occur with such frequency that today’s tragedy merely fades and becomes only an event to be compared to tomorrow’s new catastrophe. Hope though does exist as the Florida Supreme Court just agreed to consider one of McLuskey, McDonald & Hughes, P.A.’s cases as an issue of great public importance. See the attached articles from the Palm Beach Post and Sun Sentinel which review our case and the issues germane to all Florida mass shootings. Partner, John W. “Jack” McLuskey wishes to thank co-counsel H.T. Smith, co-counsel Lisa Riddle and appellate lawyer, Lauri Waldman Ross for assisting in the case up through this point. Now it’s onto the Supreme Court where we hope to clarify how the sovereign immunity statute applies to mass shootings.
https://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/20190312/florida-supreme-court-to-hear-pb-county-mass-shooting-case
https://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/parkland/florida-school-shooting/fl-ne-mass-shooting-supreme-court-20190312-story.html

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6 months 2 weeks ago

MMH was very honored to be awarded the Deering Estate Foundation’s Champion Partner of the Year for 2018 at the Deering Estate Foundation’s Annual Meeting. The firm partners and staff were present at the annual meeting to also celebrate partner, David McDonald’s completion of his two-year term as President of the Deering Estate Foundation. MMH has always promoted strong community engagement and is proud of its long-standing track record of leadership and financial support for community-based organizations such as the Deering Estate Foundation and many others.

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6 months 3 weeks ago

Partner Jack McLuskey recently lectured on Closing Argument at the CLE@FIU seminar presented by Professors H.T. SMITH and H. SCOTT FINGERHUT. Photos of the event are pictured below.

https://law.fiu.edu/professors-smith-and-fingerhut-present-clefiu-on-closing-argument/

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7 months 1 week ago

Co-founding partner John W. “Jack” McLuskey and Co-counsel H.T. Smith, at Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal in Palm Beach County following oral argument on Barnett v. DCF, a case involving significant issues related to the interpretation of the sovereign immunity statute’s aggregate damage caps. The Fourth District issued an Order on January 9, 2019 granting Barnett’s Motion to Certify the issue as a matter of “Great Public Importance” to the Florida Supreme Court. The news media has focused extensively on the Barnett case because of its legal implications to all Florida mass shooting events, including the tragedies at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub.

In its ruling the Fourth District Court of Appeal held: “Unfortunately, our state has experienced a number of high-profile mass shootings in the past several years, some of which have led to negligence complaints against state agencies. In our opinion in the instant case, we narrowly construed section 768.28(5), Florida Statutes (2010), to limit the sovereign immunity waiver to $200,000 (the statute was amended in 2016 to increase the cap to $300,000.00 for all claims or judgments) when there are multiple claims arising out of the same negligent act(s) committed by the state agency. However, we acknowledge that a broader reading of the statute could follow a per injury limitation.”

The case now moves to the Florida Supreme Court for consideration. Click here for link to recent Palm Beach Post article.

https://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/20190109/fla-supreme-court-asked-to-review-sovereign-immunity-in-light-of-mass-shootings

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